Motorola Envisions A Smartphone Microphone Tattooed Onto Users’ Throats

Motorola Envisions A Smartphone Microphone Tattooed Onto Users’ Throats

Technology that can capture vibrations directly from your larynx reduces background noise during calls.

Ross Brooks
  • 8 november 2013

Motorola isn’t happy with hands-free, and it’s not interested in wearable technology, instead it wants to tattoo a microphone with a transceiver and power supply to your neck so that you can make calls without all that pesky background noise. For those who aren’t sure if their brand loyalty is strong enough to justify such a permanent act, it might help to know that the company has a habit of being loose with their definition of “tattoo.”

The electronic neck tattoo would capture vibrations directly from your larynx, which would then be transmitted to your phone via Bluetooth, Zigbee, or an NFC connection. Other potential applications could see the tattoo fitted with a display of sorts, or a galvanic skin response detector that could basically service as a lie detector. Motorola even mentioned the possibility of applying neck tattoos to animals for tracking purposes.


As pointed out by TechCrunch, at AllThingsD’s D11 conference held earlier this year, the head of the Google subsidiary’s Advanced Technology and Research Group sat onstage wearing what she referred to as an “electronic tattoo” consisting of a thin, pliable device that adheres to a user’s skin and could be replaced on a weekly basis. For those afraid of needles, this will hopefully clear up what the company means when they says tattoo, but who knows, Motorola could be serious about a permanent phone fixture for your neck.


Sources: Engadget, TechCrunch

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